Chamomile Flowers (Chamomillae flores)
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Chamomile (Chamomillae flores) is the common name for several daisy-like plants of the family Asteraceae. But while common Daisy is a purely decorative plant, Chamomile is a treasure-chest, full of healing properties.
According to folk beliefs, chamomile possessed not only healing properties but also the ability to protect people and bring good luck and, along with birch, it has symbolized the Russian nature from time immemorial.
It is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind, and for a good reason. For its many medicinal properties and possibilities, chamomile is often called the symbol of herbal medicine.
Therapeutic Properties of Chamomile
Essential oil in chamomile flowers contains herniarin, apiin and apigenin, which act as natural antispasmodics. They expand blood vessels, including those in the brain, and reduce the inflammatory process.
Chamomile flowers contain almost all the vitamins necessary for humans and accumulate over 15 macro- and microelements, including vanadium, selenium, nickel, zinc, cobalt, chromium, copper, iron and magnesium.
Due to the presence of flavonoids, quercetin, luteolin, chamomile flowers have strong antiviral and antimicrobial properties.
Chamomile is also known for its diaphoretic, carminative, choleretic, sedative, astringent and analgesic properties. It reduces fermentation processes in the intestine, increases the secretion of digestive glands and accelerates the regeneration of the epithelium in ulcers.
Storage and Handling
Store Chamomile leaves in the original package, at a temperature not higher than 25 ° C; store the boiled infusion in a cool place for no more than 2 days. Keep out of the reach of children!Shelf life is3 years. Do not use after the expiration date.
Manufacturer Contact Details
JSC “Krasnogorskleksredstva” Moscow, Russia.
Main Uses of Chamomile
Chamomile is used internally in the treatment of the following conditions:
- Gastrointestinal tract disorders: gastritis, gastropathy, gastric ulcers, colitis, enteritis, including biliary system disorders, liver dysfunction, flatulence & diarrhea of non-viral etiology;
- Inflammatory processes of the respiratory tract and organs, including bronchial asthma;
- Emotional and mental overstrain, exhaustion, sleep disorders, increased irritability and anxiety, loss of appetite;
- Dental pain and migraines;
- Inflammatory diseases of the urogenital system, including cystitis;
- Female reproductive system disorders, including vaginosis, vaginal candidiasis and menstrual disorders.
Chamomile is used externally in the treatment of the following conditions:
- Inflammatory processes in the oral cavity and pharynx: tonsillitis, non-atrophic pharyngitis, gingivitis, stomatitis, periodontal disease (in form of rinsing);
- Skin disorders: burns, frostbite, ulcers, erosions, eczema, inflammatory eruptions, long- healing wounds (in form of compresses);
- Eye fatigue, inflammation and redness (in form of washings and lotions);
- Acne (in form of wipings, including wipings in a frozen form, or as a component of lotions);
- Manifestations of rheumatism, gout, sprains, dislocations, arthritis (in form of compresses);
- Increased palm and feet sweating (in form of wipings).
- Allergic reactions: bronchial asthma, rheumatism, eczema, urticaria (in form of baths and wipings).
Chamomile for children
Chamomile tea is recommended for use from the 1st year of age. It has a slight sedative and spasmolytic effect, improves digestion, strengthens the immune system.
When you prepare chamomile tea for children, dilute the finished infusion with water so that the concentration calculated for an adult is reduced by half.
Baths with chamomile, lotions and wiping can be used from birth in the absence of allergic reactions. They may aid in relieving diaper rash and other skin irritations, encourage peaceful sleep and soften skin.
Chamomile in cosmetology
Chamomile extract absorbs toxins and products of cellular metabolism, so it is recommended by many beauticians to wash your face with chamomile infusion, which is known to make skin velvety and soft. It also helps with persistent pink acne.
Chamomile extract is included in men’s aftershaves because it disinfects and softens the skin.
Chamomile baths have a softening effect on cracked hand skin, which is especially useful during the cold season.
Chamomile is generally known not only for strengthening and softening hair but also for lightening it, so be wary, if that’s not the effect you desire! But if you do, there are various recipes for lightening hair with this herb. And an infusion of a mixture of stalks or rhubarb roots and chamomile flowers makes the hair the color of pure gold.
- Hypersensitivity to Chamomile and any other plant of the Aster family;
- Pregnancy (when using internally);
- Gastritic excision (when using internally).
- It is not recommended to use this herb along with anticoagulants, as coumarins in chamomile may enhance their effect.
- Possible allergic reactions, such as rash, itching or local hyperemia;
- Nausea, vomiting and epigastric pain;
- High blood pressure;
- An overdose of chamomile may lead to increased excitation of the nervous system, coughing, dizziness, unpleasant chills or diarrhea.
If any sign of intolerance is visible, the usage is to be stopped immediately.
If during the use of chamomile the symptoms persist without improvement for more than 2 weeks or worsen, consult a doctor.
Dosage and Brewing Instructions
Place 2 filter bags (3.0 g) in a glass or enamel bowl, pour 200 ml (⅘ cup) of boiling water over the bags, cover and let steep for 15 minutes, periodically pressing the bags with a spoon, then squeeze the liquid out of them.
For adults and children over 12 years old: heat up and drink 2-3 tablespoons of the infusion 2-3 times a day before meals.
Shake the infusion up beforehand.
For mouth and pharynx rinsing, use 0.5-1 glass of warm infusion 3-5 times a day.
Rectally in the form of micro-clysters inject 50 ml of warm infusion into the rectum 1-2 times a day.
*For children under 12 years old: heat up 1-2 tablespoons for 7-12 year-olds, 1 tablespoon for 3-7 year-olds, 1 teaspoon for under 3 year-olds and give 2-3 times a day before meals.
Shake the infusion up beforehand.